“If we don’t act now, in thirty years we may be watching documentaries [about Bolivia] like those we see today about Salvador Allende”- Argentina’s President, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
“they attacked us when we reached the bridge, where they ambushed us and began to shoot with automatic machine-guns”
Snipers located in the upper reaches of the trees shot toward the crowd
“It was incredible, but the police only watched and inspected the peasants,” she said, and later added that “when the Prefecture’s attackers came toward us, the police fled.”
“they shot at the children, how they died, with gunshots to the heart, how those children cried, with those machine-guns”
“They threatened us in a deep trench that they opened at three in the morning; the dump trucks from the Department of Roads Services were there”
“We ran for the bush and the gunshots followed them, there was a woman who didn’t know how to swim, with her children, how they cried, ‘Mama, I don’t want them to kill you!’ They had no compassion for us,” said one of the survivors.
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Politicians in the U.S., stuck in dueling tough-guy mode, have ignored the racist attacks and focused on the sideshow of Goldberg’s ousting. GOP Presidential nominee John McCain warned, “…Bolivia’s expulsion of the American ambassador there, reminds us anew of the dangerous trends in our own hemisphere.” Democratic nominee Barak Obama issued a similar declaration through a campaign spokeswoman. “Obama is encouraging President Morales to reconsider his current path for the good of Bolivia, its people, and its future relationship with the United States.” Two key members of Congress have called for an end to a Bolivian trade agreement over the Goldberg matter.
Latin American leaders, on the other hand, focused on the central issue at hand – the violence aimed at Morales supporters and the threat to Bolivian democracy. On Monday the Presidents of Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Paraguay, Ecuador and Venezuela (and likely Peru and Uruguay as well) will join Morales at an emergency summit in Chile to offer him their strong backing. Even staunch Bush ally, Colombian President Uribe, has rallied to Morales’ side.
The meeting was called by Argentina’s President, Cristina Fernandez. A Buenos Aires daily quoted her linking the attacks against Morales with one of the bloodiest memories in the region’s recent history.
“If we don’t act now, in thirty years we may be watching documentaries [about Bolivia] like those we see today about Salvador Allende [the democratically-elected President of Chile ousted by Pinochet in 1973].